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Ohio Coalition for Adult Protective Services Conference March 15, 2013. Reaching Out to Elder Victims of Crime Community intervention outside and/or with APS Improving the safety net – Victim services, APS, volunteers, Area Agency on Aging / Passport, emergency shelters, etc.

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Ohio coalition for adult protective services conference march 15 2013

Ohio Coalition for Adult Protective Services ConferenceMarch 15, 2013

Reaching Out to Elder Victims of Crime

Community intervention outside and/or with APS

Improving the safety net – Victim services, APS, volunteers, Area Agency on Aging / Passport, emergency shelters, etc.

Samples of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Public Service Announcements (TV), “Who does What” chart, case summaries, other materials


A victim service and non government example of helping elder victims

A Victim Service and non-Government example of helping elder victims

  • Crime Victim Services (whether reported to police or not)

  • Private non-profit (not prosecutor or system based)

  • Mission: To help victims prevail over the trauma of their victimization by assisting and advocating for safety, healing, justice, and restitution

  • Rich Burgoon, Victim Ministry / Elder Victim Coordinator: [email protected]

  • David Voth, Executive Director; 419-222-8666 [email protected]; www.CrimeVictimServivces.org


Ohio victim services overview

Ohio Victim Services Overview

  • Victim / Witness Division in prosecutor offices

  • Victim Assistance in Sheriff Ofc. or Police Dept.

  • Rape crisis and domestic violence programs

  • State networks (MADD, CASA, POMC, etc.)

    • OH Domestic Violence Network; 800-934-9840 (odvn.org)

    • OH Alliance to End Sexual Violence; 888-886-8388 (oaesv.org)

  • ohioattorneygeneral.gov; click on victims, then directory “Picking Up The Pieces” = victim rights; 800-582-2877

  • VINE – offender notices; 800-770-0192; vine-link.com


Victim services examples even if no arrest or aps case

SAFETY

Protection Order help

Emergency repair costs

Safety planning

Short / long term shelter

HEALING

Crisis counseling

Family support & info

24 hr hotlines

24 hr hospital response

Clinical counseling

Support groups

JUSTICE

Victim impact statements

Court hearing notices

Legal rights advocacy

Court guidance / advocacy

Witness preparation

Financial Recovery

Emergency money

Ohio Victim Compensation

Court ordered restitution

Advocacy for bills & losses

Victim Services Examples – even if no arrest or APS case

required in Ohio Revised Code 2930


Victim services volunteers in elder abuse

Victim services & volunteers in elder abuse

  • Where does victim services fit in the elder abuse response?

    • Ombudsman criminal cases assisted by us in court

  • What is the response to elder abuse in your community?

  • Connect dots with Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

    • Adult Protective Services

    • Area Agency on Aging, Region 3 (primarily Passport)

  • Re-activated “Elder Justice Council” with 15 partners


Victim ministry is an elder outreach of crime victim services allen county ohio

Victim Ministry is an Elder Outreach of Crime Victim ServicesAllen County, Ohio


Victim ministry services

Victim Ministry services

SAFETY

  • Protection Order help

  • Emergency repair costs

  • Emergency cell phones

    HEALING

  • Crisis Counseling

  • Support, info & Referrals

  • Clinical counseling

  • Faith support

JUSTICE

  • Court hearing notices

  • Legal rights advocacy

  • Court accompaniment

    FINANCIAL RECOVERY

  • Emergency money

  • OH Victim Compensation

  • Court ordered restitution


How we reach victims

How We Reach Victims

  • Who Does What for Elder Victimizations?

  • Memorandums of Understanding and law enforcement reports

  • Partnerships with area agencies.

    • Housing/Apartment building managers

    • Shelters

    • Hospitals

    • Home Health Aid Providers

    • Elder Justice Coalition

  • Raise public awareness.

    • Booths at local events

    • Offer training/sharing at local agencies

    • Public Service Announcements


Psa financial exploitation

PSA -Financial Exploitation


Psa allen county sheriff

PSA- Allen County Sheriff


Psa physical emotional and financial abuse

PSA - Physical, Emotional and Financial Abuse


Psa youth speaking up

PSA - Youth Speaking Up


Some abuse cases we have helped

Some Abuse Cases We Have Helped

  • ID Theft

  • Financial Exploitation

  • Emotional Abuse and Neglect

  • Self Neglect


What we do to help

What We Do To Help

  • Emergency Repairs

  • Emergency Financial Assistance

  • Home Visits

  • Friendly Cards, Letters and Phone Calls

  • Referrals to Appropriate Agencies

  • Spiritual Support

  • Legal Process, Court Advocacy

  • Protection Order Forms and Assistance

  • Victim Restitution and Compensation Forms


Volunteer recruitment and training

Volunteer Recruitment and Training

  • Newspaper Ads, Church Bulletins, TV Ads, Community Events, Word of Mouth

  • Matching volunteers to the rights tasks and how many you need to provide the services

  • 20 hrs of pre-service training is required

  • Must pass an FBI and BCI&I background check


Challenges

Challenges

  • What agency can you work with?

    • Council on Aging

    • Senior Citizen Center

    • Area Agency on Aging

    • Victim Services

  • Financial Gaps

    • Volunteers reduce the cost

    • Program financial sustainability problem

    • May need fundraising, grants, United Way, etc.


Challenges1

Challenges

  • Investigations

    • Volunteers are not trained investigators

    • Volunteers can assist when requested

    • Volunteers can sometimes gather information that investigators can’t by observing and befriending the victim


Challenges2

Challenges

  • Legal

    • Volunteers NEVER offer legal advice or direction

    • Volunteers can refer victims to legal professionals

  • Some agencies are reluctant to recognize and work with a volunteer program.

  • Victims might not cooperate with people they perceive as “non-professional”


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